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Old 09-15-2012, 07:29 AM   #1
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shock suggestions

I've got a 06 TJ, with a 2.5 to 3 inch pro comp lift. It has ES3000 shocks and they're rough as a cob. Looking to smooth it out as best I can. Any suggestions on what shocks to get?

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Old 09-15-2012, 08:24 AM   #2
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I run the Bilstein 5100 on my TJ and I really like them. Many of my buddies run OME, they make a nice shock as well.

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Drake... Can you use those with a stock suspension?
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Old 09-15-2012, 08:37 AM   #4
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I used factory jk shocks on mine. They r a decent shock with a low lift. The shocks r alittle over 2" taller than factory. All u have to do is push out the front bar pins and put em in the jk's. Rears r a bolt on Plus the jk's r cheaper then aftermarket
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Drake... Can you use those with a stock suspension?
I'm not completely sure i run them with a 4in lift. With a little research I could not find them for sale in stock length for the rear, only the front. Although they do sell the 4600 series for stock suspension. Not sure how they compare to the 5100 series.
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Alright thanks, I'll check out the bilstiens. I tried factory shocks for jk's and the ride didn't improve much.
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Old 09-15-2012, 11:15 AM   #7
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I just had the Bilsteins put on with my 4 inch lift. They come different lengths. Firmed up my ride without being harsh. Not as silky as a Set of Foxes tuned by savvy but much more economical.
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What is your budget for new shocks? Three shocks always come to mind for me when thinking good riding good quality shocks... Rancho R9000xl, OME Nitrocharger, and the Wrangler version (!) of the Bilstein 5100. Bilstein makes a special version of their 5100 that is valved specifically for the Wrangler which rides well but the standard 5100 is pretty stiff for a Wrangler.

Caution that many Bilstein dealers are not aware Bilstein makes a special Wrangler version of the 5100 and/or are too lazy to research it so they'll just agree to provide it but instead ship a standard 5100 because it's easier for them.
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Old 09-15-2012, 11:36 AM   #9
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Jerry is right. Stan at Jeep Performance "A sponsor on the forum" keeps them in stock at different lengths for various lift heights.
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Old 09-15-2012, 11:43 AM   #10
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I've checked out the pricing on bilstien and Rancho. I believe I may go with the Rancho RS9000XL. For the price I don't think I can wrong. I also had a set of RS5000 on a F250 and it rode like a champ.
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RS5000 shocks would ride great on a F250. However, Rancho's RS5000 shock would not ride great on a Wrangler since Rancho doesn't valve that shock any differently for the Wrangler than it does for the F250.
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Old 09-15-2012, 12:02 PM   #12
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Thanks Jerry, has anybody tried skyjacker hydros?
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Thanks Jerry, has anybody tried skyjacker hydros?
Those are decent riding lower-cost hydraulic shocks though some feel they are a little too soft.
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Those are decent riding lower-cost hydraulic shocks though some feel they are a little too soft.
Yep, they're squishy. I personally had a set and didn't mind. I got the set I have now which are the skyjacker m95 monotubes for free and they're a bit stiffer. I'll be replacing these most likely after I do my gears but for now I can handle the ride, its not horrible at all. Just sporty, and personally I like my lady to lean and float.

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